The 'Canes pick seventh overall in Friday's first round, then six more times on Saturday, including back-to-back early in the fourth round.
A brand-new management and coaching team—headed by general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters—must add as much upside as possible to a Carolina prospect pool ranked 29th in the NHL by Hockey's Future.
The majority of the discussion will concern the team's valuable first-round selection, but every choice has the potential to blossom into a star player in the future.
A complete Carolina mock draft, including projected picks for all seven selections, lies on the coming slides.
Keep in mind that predictions are highly speculative and, considering the complexity of a 210-pick draft, unlikely to be correct. The purpose of the exercise is to highlight possible selections and generate discussion. In 2013, my mock draft accurately predicted one pick (Brent Pedersen in the fifth round).
Player rankings, height and weight courtesy of Central Scouting Service (CSS) rankings for North American skaters, European skaters and North American goaltenders. Prospect statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects. Hurricanes' draft history courtesy of HockeyDB.